Are you worried about protecting your babies/kids from the illness and diseases during the rainy season?
As rainy season arrives we should become extra cautious towards our babies and we need to be very well aware of how to take care of a baby in the rainy season.
No doubt rainy season or monsoon provides relief from the soaring heat but we cannot deny the fact that it is a season that brings along germs which result in infections and diseases. With the change in season, children including babies and toddlers are more likely to fall ill as their immunity is comparatively weaker than adults.
How to protect babies from rainy season diseases and infections
Keep your baby neat and clean
Maintaining proper hygiene should be of foremost importance during the rainy season. Give bath to your baby every single day with lukewarm water. Use mild antiseptic soaps/body wash twice a week while cleaning your baby. Keep your baby’s hands clean. Babies tend to sweat a lot because of humidity during the rainy season. Moisture retained under their armpits, neck, ears and genital areas lead to fungal or skin infection. So, make sure to keep these areas dry.
Allow diaper-free time to your baby
We should be more cautious towards our baby’s comfort during rainy season as humidity is at its maximum level. When at home, allow your baby to be diaper-free as much as possible.
Change diapers frequently
Keep a watch on your baby’s diaper. Don’t let your baby be in the same diaper for too long. Change it after every few hours to avoid the development of infections and rashes. While changing the diaper, make sure to apply a good diaper rash cream or coconut oil.
Wash your hands before touching your baby
Well, touching your baby with clean hands is important. But it becomes even more important during the rainy season as germs can easily get transferred from our hands to the baby. Wash your hands properly with an antiseptic liquid especially at the time of feeding and diaper change.
Protect baby from mosquito and insect bites
Diseases like Dengue and Malaria are quite common in the rainy season. Use preventive measures to protect your baby from the mosquito or insect bites. Always apply mosquito repellent cream on baby’s exposed body parts especially when they are going out.
Protect your baby from getting wet in the rain
Do not let your baby get drenched in rain as babies have weaker immunity than adults. They are more prone to catching infections and falling ill.
Check the signs of cough and cold in babies
Because of the changing weather during rainy season babies become more prone to infections. If you observe any signs of cough and cold developing in your baby, go for home remedies to naturally provide relief to him/her. Give herbal drinks like Tulsi water, Ajwain water, ginger honey mixture, steam or gargles.
Do consult a pediatrician if nothing works. Don’t wait for too long before seeking the help of doctors. Cold and cough if neglected for too long can lead to pneumonia. This is also one of the most important answers to how to protect babies from rainy season diseases and infections.
Take care of your baby’s clothing in Rainy Season
The weather keeps fluctuating during the rainy season. At times it is hot because of sunlight. When it is cloudy, it becomes humid. And the moment it starts raining it becomes cold. Dress up your baby according to the climatic conditions. Make him/her wear comfortable full sleeve cotton cloths to protect against the mosquito bites. Other than this, prefer light-colored cloths over dark-colored clothes as the mosquito is attracted to dark clothes more.
Maintain proper room temperature
If your baby sleeps in an air-conditioned room then make sure to maintain moderate room temperature and cover your baby well to avoid him/her from falling ill.
Keep your house and surrounding areas clean
It is important to check for any water logging in and around your house. Stored water causes mosquito breeding which in turn leads to the birth of many harmful diseases.
Vaccinations are the best protection
Talk to your pediatrician about the vaccination called flu booster. If your baby has considerably low immunity then getting a flu booster could be a good preventive measure to protect your baby against diseases and infections.
Immunity Boosting Foods for babies: Monsoon Foods
When we ask, ‘How to protect babies from rainy season diseases and infections?’ then besides precautions to take, foods also play an important role in preparing the body to fight against diseases.
Check the list of 8 Superfoods of Monsoon to include in your baby’s diet to protect him/her from illness and diseases.
1. Seasonal Fruits
You must include monsoon fruits such as Peach, Plum, Jamuns, Pears, Cherries in your baby’s diet. These fruits are the powerhouse of energy and work as the perfect immunity boosting foods. Seasonal fruits are packed with phytonutrients which are needed to fight against bacteria and infections
2. Dry Fruits
Dry fruits such as Almond, Cashew nuts, Walnuts Pistacho, Raisins, Figs, and Dates should be an essential part of your baby’s diet, especially during monsoon and winter season. Dry Fruits are powerful immunity boosting foods as they are high in fiber and contains certain kinds of antioxidants. They also come under the list of Superfoods.
|Dry Fruits||Important Nutrients|
|Almonds||Fiber, Protein, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Phosphorus|
|Cashew Nuts||Fiber, Carbohydrates, Protein, Calcium, Iron|
|Walnuts||Omega 3, Iron, selenium, Calcium, Zinc, Vitamin E|
|Pistachos||Fiber, Protein,Vitamin B6 and Potassium|
|Raisins||Iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium|
|Dates||Vitamin A,C,K, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium,Magnisium, Zinc,Iron, Phosphorous|
|Figs||Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Iron, Carbohydrates, Dietry Fibers, Potassium, Manganese|
Almonds, Cashew nuts, and Walnuts could be introduced into a baby’s diet in powdered form. You can add half to one teaspoon of this powder in your baby’s halwa, kheer, porridge or oats.
3. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric is one of the great immunity boosting foods which works as a strong antioxidant to fight against diseases. It has a powerful component called “curcumin” that makes it anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. It also has healing properties. Add a pinch of turmeric powder into your kid’s milk and serve it before bedtime.
5. Hot Soups
Serving hot soups during rainy season maintains the body warmth and prevents it from catching a cold. Soups are packed with vitamins and minerals which are also given to a person during sick days. Soups are always one of the healthy foods for kids.
6. Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea is one of the best immunity boosting foods for adults as well as babies and kids. The antioxidants present in herbal tea helps in fighting germs and diseases. Because of this fact, herbal tea is considered as a perfect home remedy to treat cough and cold. Even if your child is not suffering from cough and cold you can still serve it to build his/her immunity.
Recipe of Herbal Tea
- 2 cups of water
- 1 small piece of ginger (cut into a few pieces)
- 2 cloves
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- A pinch of Ajwain
- 1 teaspoon Honey
Method to make Herbal Tea:
- Take two cups of water
- Bring the water to a boil
- Add all the ingredients and lower the heat to sim
- Let the drink cook until the water reduces to one cup
- Strain into a cup and add honey
- 2 Cups of Water
- 4-5 Leaves of Tulsi
- 1 small piece of ginger (cut into a few pieces)
- 1 Teaspoon of Honey
Method to make Herbal Tea -same as of Recipe 1
Make your child take a few sips of the herbal tea three times a day. For small babies, you can reduce the quantity of the drink to a few spoons depending on the age of the baby.
Note: Avoid adding honey if your baby is under one year
7. Eggs, Chicken, and Meat
Eggs, Chicken, and Meat are a rich source of proteins. They consist of vital nutrients such as Vitamin B6, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Protein. Including one or two serving of these superfoods in your baby’s diet helps in boosting the defense mechanism of the body thereby protecting it from infection and diseases.
8. Green Leafy Vegetable
Green Leafy Vegetables has a good amount of Chlorophyll which makes them an excellent source of fiber, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, and Calcium. Not only this they have antioxidants and therapeutic properties too. This means dark leafy Vegetables protect the body from catching infections in the rainy season and also heals the infected body from healing fast.
Important Tips and Precautions to follow in the Rainy Season
- Always give boiled and cooled down water to your babies especially during the rainy season. And if your baby is on formula milk then prepare his feed using boiled water only.
- Another important monsoon tip is to make your baby eat freshly prepared food only. Avoid offering previously cooked food to the baby even if it was refrigerated. Pre-cooked food is the home of various infection-causing germs.
- Don’t feed your baby uncovered food as during the rainy season the chances of food getting contaminated are quite high.
- Avoid giving seafood to your baby as during rainy season most of the fishes breed which deteriorates its quality and taste.